D-Term (12th Grade)

Guided by the College Advising and Alumni Relations office, the 12th grade D-term experience will focus on preparing for potential pathways beyond Deerfield. It will allow our seniors to dedicate a significant amount of time to completing their college applications and explore career trajectories through the Deerfield’s Pathways Program.

Seniors should expect to work directly with their college advisors to finish up their college applications. The expectation is that all applications will be completed by the end of D-Term, Dec. 18th. 

Below, please find further details on the Pathways Program including biographies of our panelists.

Please Save the Date for Pathways 2021:

  • Anytime Friday December 4 through Wednesday December 9 , Watch Pathways Recording (approximately 45 minutes)
  • Thursday December 10, 7 pm EST
    Live Q&A Webinar with Alumni Presenters
    *the Q&A will be recorded for those who are unable to join at this time

Pathways is a required event for the senior class. Attendance will be taken through the registration form. An invitation with instructions to login will be emailed to you the week of November 30th.


Pathways Program

Pathways invites returning Alumni to share stories of their career paths – and the challenges they faced along the way. This years presenters include:

Charmaine Charmant ’10

Consultant & Influencer

Charmaine Charmant is a New York City native of Caribbean descent with a passion for business, fashion, and women’s empowerment. Charmant earned a BA from Wellesley College in 2014 and spent a year working as an Assistant Buyer at Bloomingdale’s Inc. prior to earning a MS in Management from Wake Forest University’s School of Business in 2016. She went on to join Deloitte Consulting LLP, and currently specializes in providing organizational transformation services for Government & Public Services clients.

Charmaine is also an established Fashion and Lifestyle Influencer with a mission of empowering women to live confidently in style. Her work is backed by high quality content and a cheerful voice that energizes her audience. She has appeared on ABC 7, Buzzfeed, and XO Necole, and has worked on campaigns with brands like Nike, Fabletics, and Forever21. You can connect with Charmaine on Instagram and TikTok by searching @charmaine.charmant.

Charmaine has fond Deerfield memories of being a Rhapso-D, Cheerleader, and Step Team member. She also studied abroad in Paris, and was an active member of the DBSA, Madrigal Choir and Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Greg Mandel ’93

Entertainment / Media Production Executive

Greg Mandel is Managing Director of Technicolor Animation & Games, the largest animation studio in the world responsible for overseeing the production of some of the world’s most iconic animated intellectual property for customers such as Disney, DreamWorks Animation and Nickelodeon as well as contributing to the production of top games titles from EA, Ubisoft, Activision and WB Games.

Over the last 15 years, Greg has held a number of roles at Technicolor in Los Angeles including
Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Production Services working across film and episodic visual effects, animation, advertising, and post production. He also ran Technicolor’s worldwide Digital Cinema and Media Services businesses. Across all of these roles, Greg brings a specific focus to day-to-day operations, managing global businesses, business development, strategic planning and deal analysis.

Prior to joining Technicolor in 2005, he worked in both investment banking and management capacities for SoundView Technology Group specializing in private and public financings as well as strategic advisory for media and technology companies. Greg has a Master of Business Administration degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University.

At Deerfield, Greg played soccer and lacrosse and was regularly involved in the theatre program. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

Tara Murty '14

Medical Student & Research Scientist

Tara Murty is training to be a physician-scientist at Stanford University through the Medical Scientist Training Program, an MD/PhD dual-degree program supported by the National Institutes of Health. Tara is passionate about integrating clinical insight and scientific research, with the goal of improving human health through innovative research. During her medical training, Tara has delved into patient care at the Stanford Hospital and the Stanford Free Clinics. Tara is pursuing her PhD in Biophysics with a research focus in engineering immune cells, specifically T cells, as living cell therapies against cancer.

Her translational research is at the crossroads of biology, engineering, and medicine. Before joining Stanford in 2018, Tara graduated from Harvard College with a B.S. in Engineering Sciences – Bioengineering and a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. At Harvard, she was involved in tissue engineering and biomaterials research with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and traveled to London to explore regenerative medicine research at Imperial College London.

Tara has been involved in teaching and mentorship of high school, college, and medical students in the sciences and medicine both at Harvard and Stanford. While at Deerfield, Tara was the Editor-in-Chief of Albany Road, the Front Page Editor of the Scroll, the captain of the Ultimate Frisbee team, and a member of the Advanced Dance Ensemble.

David Thomas '01

Applied Researcher

David Thomas joined Aon Private Risk Management as a consultant in November 2019 after eight years at Cornerstone Management, a boutique athlete representation agency. At Cornerstone, David recruited and managed hockey players across North America. He negotiated contracts for professional clients with teams in North America and six European countries, including a $1.35M NHL contract. He also helped amateur clients secure college scholarships, totaling in excess of $2M.

David holds property and casualty insurance licenses in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Michigan, New York, and Texas. His relationship with Aon Private Risk Management enables him to provide personal lines insurance solutions for high net worth clients, e.g. home, auto, and personal excess. He is also able to help procure coverages for a variety of other lines of insurance by accessing the rest of Aon’s vast capabilities, expertise, and resources.

Aon is one of the world’s largest insurance brokers with 50,000 employees and offices in 120 countries. In addition to personal insurance solutions, Aon provides commercial risk, reinsurance, retirement, and health solutions around the world.

David attended Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts where he earned The William B. Jaffe Award, The Deerfield Hockey Cup, and The James Smith Award. He earned a B.A. summa cum laude in Philosophy from Colgate University, where he played Division I Ice Hockey and earned the 1819 Award, the University’s top overall honor. He and his wife live in Ambler, Pennsylvania.